What is gum disease, and how do I know if I have it?
The foods and drinks you consume throughout the day leave behind a sticky film of bacterial called plaque. When plaque is not removed, the bacteria can grow and spread below your gum line. As plaque collects near your gums, it hardens into tartar, which can only be removed during a professional cleaning.
Proper oral hygiene at home can remove much of the plaque on your teeth. That’s why a good routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are so important for good oral health. As essential as brushing at home is, regular dental cleanings are the key to keeping your teeth clean and healthy.
One of the problems with periodontal disease is that it can develop rapidly, and you may not know you have it. Here are some symptoms to look for:
- Receding gums
- Tender, puffy, red gums
- Persistent bad breath (a result of bacteria in your mouth)
- Loose teeth or a change in the spacing of your teeth
- Bleeding when you brush and floss
These are only a few of the signs of gum disease, and in some cases there are no symptoms. The only way you will know if you have this chronic infection is by coming to our Oak Grove dental office for regular cleanings and exams. If you’re ready to schedule your next cleaning, please give us a call.